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5 Things to Know about Vikings QB Joel Stave


The Vikings added a fourth quarterback to their roster earlier this month when they announced the signing of undrafted free agent Joel Stave.

The 6-foot-5 Stave played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

Here are five things to know about the 24 year old:

1. Big with Badgers

Stave, a Wisconsin native, finished with a 31-10 record as a starter, giving him more wins than any other Wisconsin quarterback. His .756 win percentage ranks third in school history, and he went 22-6 (.786) as a starter in Big Ten games.


2. Finishing with a flourish

Stave threw for 217 yards and a touchdown against USC in the 2015 Holiday Bowl, earning Offensive MVP honors in his final collegiate game.

3. Triple sweep

Stave became the first quarterback in Wisconsin history to go 4-0 against an opponent, accomplishing the feat against Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.


4. Brains and brawn

Stave earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in each of his four seasons. He graduated in December 2015 with a degree in civil engineering.

5. Prep star

Stave threw for 5,094 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 12 rushing touchdowns during his prep career at Whitnall High School. He earned first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior. He also earned multiple varsity letters in basketball and track and field.

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